Propaganda Switch: From Covid to Ukraine
MEDIA, 28 Feb 2022
23 Feb 2022 – During the last two years, geopolitical propagandists have had rather little to do – with the partial exception of quickly blaming China for the pandemic. With the escalation of the Ukraine crisis, the following “propaganda switch” can now be observed:
- Liberal media close to NATO/CFR (e.g. CNN, New York Times, Guardian, Wikipedia) have promoted covid propaganda and continue to promote NATO propaganda.
- Conservative media close to NATO/CFR (e.g. FOX, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph) partially questioned covid propaganda, but now promote NATO propaganda.
- Independent liberal/left/socialist media (e.g. OffGuardian, Grayzone, WSWS) partially questioned covid propaganda and mostly question NATO propaganda.
- Independent conservative/libertarian media (e.g. ZeroHedge, Unz Review) mostly questioned covid propaganda and continue to question NATO propaganda.
Some “semi-independent” media outlets, both liberal and conservative, have not yet decided how to position themselves or remain ambivalent (e.g. Breitbart, Democracy Now). Some fully independent media outlets may be described as “pro-Russian” (e.g. The Saker), but most aren’t – they simply don’t like propaganda.
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Tags: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Media, Propaganda, Ukraine
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